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The Exterminator (Unrated Director's Cut) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Unrated Director's Cut
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The man they pushed too far is coming for you--in high-def! The exploitation revenge classic THE EXTERMINATOR burns onto Blu-ray in a newly re-mastered uncut version!
Christopher George, Robert Ginty and Samantha Eggar star in The Exterminator, James Glickenhaus' explosive story of Vietnam vet John Eastland (Ginty), a man who launches a bloody vendetta against the New York underworld when his best friend is brutally beaten by a vicious street gang. Eastland becomes a vigilante hero to the public, but to police The Exterminator is a psychopath capable of dangerously undermining an entire government administration. Synapse Films is proud to present The Exterminator in its more violent and gory director's cut, lovingly restored in high-definition from original vault materials.
- Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
- Restored DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo
- Uncensored Version
- Director's Audio Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
One of the most cold-blooded and controversial revenge films ever made, this is a sick example of the almost unbelievable descent into gruesome savagery in American movies. -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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Right from the start, writer/director James Glickenhaus lets you know just what you are in for with this film, as it begins with a horrific flashback to Eastland's time in 'Nam and sets the tone of the violent displays that will soon follow it. While the special effects are not what one would call "high quality," the sheer brutality of what is shown (and often what is not shown) adds a degree of realism that most big budget special effects extravaganzas never could hope to achieve. The beheading scene during the wartime flashback (done masterfully by special effect artist Stan Winston), for example, perfectly illustrates what I mean. It's a gripping moment, due to the harshness and savage way it is presented. Most of the violence is presented in this fashion and it gives the film an edge over many of the like-minded ones that were being produced at the time. They also did a very good job of portraying New York City in the late 70's. The feeling of urban decay, filth, and human misery is almost palpable. Quite simply, you might almost feel the need to bathe after watching this film.
As far as the story goes, it's pretty straight-forward. Just your typical revenge style fantasy stuff, which was like a cottage industry back then. There are some bits about the political climate of the time woven into things, as Eastland's actions are not taken well by political figures, who feel his war on crime makes them look inept and weak. But while the politics are in the background, they never really dominate the story. Instead, the focus is kept on Eastland's private war. Most of the performances range from adequate to banal, but then one doesn't watch this kind of cinema expecting Oscar-worthy acting. Robert Ginty was never really a great actor, with this film being his biggest claim to fame, but he truly brought out a great performance here. You can understand and relate to him and why he's doing what he is. I also liked the role of the cop out to stop him (played solidly by Christopher George). However, the romance he strikes up with a nurse (played by Samantha Eggar) doesn't really fit in with the rest of the tone of the film. As a result, it feels tacked on and unnecessary, only serving to take time away from getting more insights into Ginty's character. The ending of the film is, without question, not your typical Hollywood kind and the film only benefits from that.
While many might see "The Exterminator" as just a fairly typical entry into this sub-genre of film, I think some of the smaller bits within it shine through enough that it stands out from most fare of this nature. Within the realm of grindhouse flicks, this one is certainly one of the better ones out there. The rawness and grit of the setting and the downtroddened feeling in the performances, gives the film a legitimacy few others of it's kind ever have. Genre fans would do well to seek it out.
the exterminator is a great film. its not perfect. some of the editing could use some work. for example, almost directly after john tells michaels wife that he got attacked we fade to john with a thug tied up getting ready to torture him. it would have been nice to have some stalking, showing john search the streets for the thug, maybe the budget and short shooting schedule didnt leave room for this. exterminator is a low budget film and it shows in spots, but really you can forgive these few rough edges because the film is so fun to watch. also most of the acting is great. robert ginty who plays john is very good and the actor playing michael (cant remember his name right now) is also very good. christopher george is charming and funny and does a great job. now lets talk about the dvd. i have the out of print anchor bay dvd. i luckily got it when it was relativly cheap (10.00) now its going for $50 new and alomost $20 used. theres a new release by TANGO or something like that and i've read its the same preint as this anchor bay edition. the print on the anchor bayu disk isnt perfect. the picture isnt to bad, aa few scratches that kinda add to the grindhouse feel of the film. the audio is the real problem. there are a few spots in the film were the audio drops out for about a second. you dont miss anything really but it is distracting the first time you watch. if you can get the anchor bay dvd, there are no features but it has a cool little booklet (well, 2 page fold out) that i doubt is in the tango release. fans of exploitation, sleaze, gore, 80's action, vigilante films should pick up the exterminator. its a great, fun, satisfying experience, justr dont expect to feel warm anfd fuzzy when its over.
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The story is so full of holes, the acting is horrible, the editing sucks and the overall picture quality is...Read more
reissued Unrated for the first time on blu-ray by Synapse ABC coded
with lots more extra violence inserted back into the film runtime is 102min 1:78:1...Read more
Spawned a sequel, but not up to Death Wish standards of body count and violence against societies predators.
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